Not knowing how long we were going to be hunkered down for with Hurricane Sandy, I opted to give a pour to Casa Patronales Syrah Reserva Privada 2009. We still had power, and the wind wasn’t too frightening, so I thought a dense, velvety Syrah would be a perfect beginning to a perhaps extended “waiting the storm out”. [As it turns out, we were very fortunate and had only an evening of storms and no damage.] Casa Patronales was founded in 1990 by 3 friends who wanted to produce high quality grapes with an emphasis on the distinctive terrior of the Maule Valley. Although slightly overlooked, the Maule Valley is the largest wine producing area in Chile, maintaining a long and traditional history of old vine, dry-farmed vineyards that produce large quantities of good value wine. In 2001 Casa Patronales renovated their wine cellar with high-tech equipment, and in 2003 they began to export their wines internationally.
Rich purple-red in colour, aromas of juicy raspberry mingled with sweet vanilla and woodsy oak. Hints of smooth chocolate emerged amongst the concentrated flavours of blackberry, plum and baked cherry in the full body. Smoky black pepper embraced lush caramel and toasty oak in the lengthy finish. Abounding with fruit and woodsy elements, each velvety sip will encourage you to reach for more.
Produced & Bottled by Viña Casas Patronales S.A.
Enjoy now thru 2014